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“A delightful surprise round every corner” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Connells Bay Sculpture Park

Connells Bay Sculpture Park
142 Cowes Bay Road, Waiheke Island 1971, New Zealand
+64 9-372 8957
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Owner description: The Connells Bay Sculpture Park hosts a private collection of large scale sculpture by New Zealand artists bringing art and nature together on a two hour + guided walk in a beautiful coastal landscape. Bookings by apointment only. $30pp. PLEASE ENQUIRE FOR A BOOKING AS SOON AS YOU KNOW YOUR TRAVEL DATES AS THE WALKS FILL QUICKLY
Waiheke Island, New Zealand
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24 reviews
9 attraction reviews
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“A delightful surprise round every corner”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2012

his guided walk is not to be missed - I loved the variety of the sculptures and the story behind each one and why they are locared where they are - brings them to life. There;s a surprise round every corner of this park. The views are amazing too

Visited April 2012
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Perth, Australia
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“World class sculpture park in idyllic location”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2012

This is the most amazing sculpture park I have visited (and I've seen a few).
Set on a 25 hectare block at the eastern end of Waiheke Island (away from most of the development on the island), the park showcases the finest contemporary NZ sculptures.
It was created by John and Jo Gow and has moren than 25 large scale (think huge - some are 6m tall) outdoor works set in the really beautiful landscape.
You need to ring up and book. John took us on the tour of the park and it is hilly - so you need to be fit. It takes 2 hours and having John lead the tour was the best part as he is passionate about art and just loves sharing, in a low key friendly way. The couple have revegetated the land, which was only pasture when they bought it, with native plants and the rolling hills flow down to the sea making it very picturesque.
You can also stay in one of the original renovated 1860s cottages which are right on the water in Connells bay - since the Gow's own all three cottages (and live in one) you feel that you have the bay to yourself.
Visits to the sculpture park are by appointment only phone [--]

Visited December 2011
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Auckland, New Zealand
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“amazing art experience on a large scale”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2011

Wonderful, natural, down to earth couple, whose love of art extends to those lucky enough to experience it.

Visited November 2011
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Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand
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“Our enjoyable visit”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2011

On our recent visit we were met at the top of the property by John,after a talk about their park we set off to an amazing,well descripted wander though the park. We all wore walking shoes so that helped as some uphill places to negotiate.
If getting a rental vehicle at Waiheke allow a little time as that was slow for us.
The map to reach Connell Bay was excellent and easy to follow.
A camera is a necessity and time to enjoy the site is a must.

Visited November 2011
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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“A unique New Zealand experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2011

Impressive NZ art by leading practioners in a beautiful setting. The hostess was charming and informative allowing the group plenty of time for questions, photos and to enjoy the views. A very special place well worth the journey and the fee.

Visited December 2011
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